Here in Charlotte, the region is home to many parks and nature preserves to visit with the whole family. If you haven’t found your way to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, you don’t know what you’re missing! With over 10 miles of hiking trails, playgrounds, a nature center, athletic fields and a dog park, you could spend the whole day exploring the area and never get bored. The park, which protects 737 acres of natural, forested habitat, is located off Rocky River Road in northeast Charlotte. Load up the car and make your way to Reedy Creek Nature Preserve.
Hikers will love the variety of trails offered at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. There are 10 miles of trails that loop through the park. Starting at the Nature Center, the 1-mile Dragonfly Pond Trail follows the shore at Dragonfly Pond. Named for the deciduous Magnolia trees is the Umbrella Tree Trail which intersects 2 trails before heading back to the Nature Center. The Robinson Rockhouse Trail leads to the ruins of the Robinson Rockhouse that was built in 1790. The site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009.
Along your hike, be on the lookout for the over 109 species of birds that call the park home. There are also records of 15 species of mammals, 20 species of reptiles and 12 species of amphibians. The wildlife can also be found indoors at the Nature Center. There are live animals, hands-on exhibits, a classroom, and gift shop. Many species of birds can be seen feeding at the Backyard Habitat Garden complete with bird feeding stations, rain garden, and compost area.
Events are held monthly at the Nature Center like monthly yoga, story corner, Hike for your Health, and nature game night. Reedy Creek is also home to the annual Reedy Creek Nature Center Hummingbird Festival. This free event is usually held in August and is held rain or shine. There are many activities throughout the day perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Don’t leave your furry friend at home when you visit Reedy Creek, let them run out their energy at the Barkingham Park dog park. Other areas to run and play include 2 volleyball courts, a basketball court, 2 softball fields, and a soccer field. The kids will enjoy the large playgrounds and the 18-hole disc golf. If you choose to pack a picnic, the park offers shaded picnic shelters for lunch outdoors.
Reedy Creek is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. After a long day spent exploring the park, let us host you for a relaxing evening here at Davidson Village Inn. We are located a short drive away in Davidson, North Carolina. The Davidson Village Inn has been welcoming guests since it was built in 1993. The Inn offers 18 guest rooms. There are even family suites with 2 queen beds, sitting area, and kitchenette. If you’ll be staying in the area for a getaway, our location is close to all the happenings in the Charlotte region. For reservation information, please give us a call at 704-892-8044.